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SD Attorney General promotes new legislation in Pierre

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Attorney General Marty Jackley is proposing five pieces of legislation this session. Since he is not a lawmaker he can’t present the legislation himself but will work with the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee.

One of Jackley’s bills would make child porn made with artificial intelligence a crime in South Dakota. Two other bills involve drugs. One proposal would make fentanyl part of the 24/7 sobriety program allowing the state to test for the drug, something that isn’t currently done. The other involves the horse tranquilizer called Xylazine, also known as “Tranq” that is being mixed with fentanyl.

Jackley said it’s rare the Governor and Attorney General develop a joint bill. But in this instance, he said the level of public health and public safety concern is high. “This bill that has flown through the legislature and has an emergency clause.  Xylazine is likely to be a Schedule 3 controlled substance, here in South Dakota in the next couple of weeks.”

Examples of class three narcotics are Tylenol with Codeine and Anabolic steroids. Under the proposal, Xylazine will still be allowed for use in veterinary medicine.

Jackley says he is also proposing legislation that would lead to more government transparency, from educating lawmakers on open meeting laws to allowing Deputy State’s Attorneys to serve on the state’s 5-member Open Meetings Commission.

A modification of South Dakota’s Sex Offender registry is also on Jackley’s radar. He wants all registered sex offenders to remain on the registry for 10 years. Currently, some of them can have their names removed after five years.

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